Day 3- Jutiapa, Guatemala
Again, I was not left the key to the classroom but the classes must go on!
As usual, our English classes began with the "Good Morning Song". The kids were getting the hang of it and singing along more than the previous two days. They had no shame in shouting out, "good morning!"
Today, my grandmother decided to attend the class, possibly to learn a few English words herself. Although I don't think she found it as interesting as the children did, for she fell asleep on the hammock not far into the lesson.
The children learned parts of the face as well as parts of their body! I had passed out worksheet to accompany this part of the lesson which they again had a fun time creating a masterpiece of their own. I gave them googly eyes to put on there faces and the silliest ones chose to get the largest googly eyes. All the children laughed at how strange the large eyes looked on the face!
William was one of the few who choose to get the big googly eyes. (Also our class clown)
When first getting out the fake money, all the children's eyes went wide thinking it was all real money! It wast until I told them it was fake but similar to how the real american money looked like that they laughed at their misunderstanding. Yet, when I passed out different amounts of money to each student, they held it in there hands like it was something so precious. For this activity, they had to tell me how much money I had given them-" I have_____dollars".
After getting through the four seasons, we played their favorite game to help with the memorization of these seasons- the fly swatter game. Just at the mention of the game they get excited and ask to be first. Some even snatch the fly swatters out of my hand!
After continuing with the numbers 61-100, I like, I don't like, I love, and constructing sentences, we were all exhausted from the long class.Or at least I was. Before leaving the porch though, the children dug out some energy to yell " bye teacher!" and with excitement for the following class on Monday.
Being in a leadership position as a counselor/teacher at Chicos and Kids in Colombia gave me a sense of purpose. It made me feel older and wiser; as someone who the kids looked up to.
Stephanie was recently announced a 2015 Peace First Prize finalist for her work with Chicos and Kids. Her peacemaking work has been recognized nationally along with twenty-six other young peacemakers.
I originally planned on the last day of class to be Tuesday, but since the children had no school on Monday and the principal allowed them to come in anyways, we combined both classes into one. In the first two hours of class I planned on having our last lesson.
Today's lesson was crammed with A LOT of information! I let the students know before hand to stay alert and pay attention.
After our usual Good Morning Song and short review, we quickly got into learning the family members. I learned a tad bit myself in this lesson and from the children!
Most of today's class consisted of hair: hair types, lengths and colors.
We incorporated "I have" to create more sentences! Each student was assigned to construct an accurate sentence of what type of hair they had. Fortunately, everyone had a paper that they used as a reference which included the different hair types, lengths and colors. They could all use a break from taking notes!
Today was our third day of class already! Three days down, three more to go.
As for every class, we began with a short review. Having been taught a lot yesterday, there was a large quantity that was reviewed, so every person got the chance to go up to the board to match words or fill in the blanks at least twice.
It's 7:30 a.m. but I am wide awake and the children are ready to learn.
After the Good Morning Song and a short review of yesterday's first lesson, we jumped right into learning something new-verbs. I had a handful of verbs translated for them, but I also gave them the opportunity to ask me what verbs they wanted to know that I had not mentioned. The asking could have gone on forever!
A second mission I vow to achieve. . . . .
From my grandmother's house in Jutiapa, Guatemala, from my fathers side, we traveled to Huehuetenango, Guatemala, where my second grandmother lives, from my mother's side. Upon arriving, my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins were so enthusiastic about me teaching English classes! It really helped by giving me confidence and reassurance of teaching another English class.
Today was our final day of class. . .
I was filled with several different emotions; from sadness, to pure relief, to gratitude and pride.
Today's final day consisted of a large review, from the first day of class to yesterday's lesson, from simple colors, to creating complex sentences. I was so pleased with how they knew everything from the start!